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Vermont Governor Wants Nude Statue Out Of Office

Author: Wilson Ring, Associated Press   Source: Tampa Bay Online


Gov. James Douglas is doing some tidying up in his office and one thing he thinks can go is a table lamp that sometimes makes him red-faced.

The lamp, installed on his desk recently as part of a Statehouse restoration project, is a replica of a famous 19th century nude statue that cost $2,500 and is plugged into an overhead chandelier.

"The governor does not object to the art," said Douglas spokesman Jason Gibbs. "It may, frankly, be awkward to explain why there is a nude Greek slave on the governor's desk to a third-grader."
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It's His Office Dec 13th. at 8:23:15 am EST

by Frums (Maryland) - Email

If it's his office he should be able to decorate it however he wants without having to give anyone an explanation as long as it's within his normal budget. And if he doesn't like a desk lamp why should he be forced to use it?

Well, He Didn't Pay For It Dec 12th. at 4:40:53 am EST

by Darkstar Treespirit (Earth) - Email - Web

Well, it seems this is the same guy who lost 144 k in renewable energy sources.
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Problem, if you are a fiscally responsible anything, ya just don't lose, even a penny. Try it for yourselves, tell your creditors you lost 144k due to a clerical error.

EEEWWW-IT'S NAKED Dec 12th. at 2:54:02 am EST

by ramemareh (Cumberland, WI) - Email

Well, it's better than walking in on a nude governer on the desk.The poor third grader would be scarred for life.

Well, Dec 12th. at 2:03:45 am EST

by Lady Rain StarDragon (amusement) - Email

He could always make some 'clothing' for it out of sticky notes for when 3rd graders visit.

Just a thought.

Oh Please!!! Dec 11th. at 9:41:51 pm EST

by Lunarshadows (New Jersey) - Email

Just keep the lamp/statue, it's a symbol of art, and art is beautiful!! Move on to more important issues as a Governor please!!



Trivialbullsh*t Dec 11th. at 6:03:47 pm EST

by megbelcher (kensington, nh) - Email

at first i was very suprised that a progressive state like vermont would even think that way until it said the govenor is republican. these regressive republicakns are really becoming a pain in the ass! jesus !grow up. the un has a huge statue of David i think in the lobby with a penishaning out. .its art , stupid!!

Vermont Governor And The Nude Dec 11th. at 5:38:28 pm EST

by Janet (Pennsylvania) - Email - Web

It's nice to know that Montpelier, Vermont has no social issues that need to be dealt with. There must not be any needy families, social injustices, crime, or job losses in that part of the country. Maybe I should move there! It would be nice to live somewhere like that - the only issue of the day is does the nude lamp stay or go? I bet it'll take 20 contractors/electricians, 3 town meetings, and a $50, 000.00 contract to remove the damn thing too. Aaaah..... politics! I did send a suggestion of auctioning it on E bay!

Tough Question? Try The Truth. Dec 11th. at 3:43:38 pm EST

by Kyra (America.) - Email

Tell the third graders that it's a symbol for the Abolitionist movement.

And move it someplace where it can't get knocked over, or commission someone to make a base that it can be attatched to.

And quit bitching about the little things. I wish my biggest problem was a piece of art that wasn't my style.

So... Dec 11th. at 3:08:51 pm EST

by William (NS, Canada) - Email

stick the damn thing in the closet and move on to more important issues that actually concern people's lives.

Utterly Trivial Dec 11th. at 2:39:38 pm EST

by Fred Lawrence (Kansas) - Email

In life there are some matters of great importance and others of no importance. The lamp sitting on the desk of a state governor is of no importance. What he wants and doesn't want there is up to him. Such matters just aren't newsworthy. They are utterly trivial.

Incidentally, I have seen copies of "The Greek Slave" in an art museum and it's a beautiful sculpture.

Not Sheer Prudishness Dec 11th. at 11:39:49 am EST

by Cloverbud (ND) - Email

This is not an original work of art. It is a lamp replicating the gas line that used to connect the gaslight chandelier to a desk light. It has not been sitting there since VT became a state. A restoration consultant though it would be a good idea to add it recently.

It would be akward to explain a chained nude woman to 3rd graders. The combination of nudity and bondage plus a prominent spot on the desk of a working office makes it a misplaced piece.

Crying censorship over such a minor event lessens the case for real govermental supression. Find More info -- HERE

You're Answer's Right There! Dec 11th. at 11:15:41 am EST

by Lalasnake (Oklahoma) - Email

"It may, frankly, be awkward to explain why there is a nude Greek slave on the governor's desk to a third-grader."

The answer is in the article: it is an icon of the abolitionist movement. That lamp is a history lesson waiting to happen.

Oooooops` Dec 11th. at 9:55:29 am EST

by Mari-Anne (NYC - Staten Island) - Email

I mean, lamp....not statue. Sorry

What Are People Like This So Afraid Of? Dec 11th. at 9:54:46 am EST

by Mari-Anne (NYC - Staten Island) - Email

Sheesh, I mean really. Now I've never been into false modesty....even as a child and young woman. What is the fear behind this ridiculous sense of modesty and virtue? Are they afraid that if everyone is exposed to the nude form that we'll all go nuts and start having orgies in the streets?

Better orgies than wars if you ask me. But it's a ridiculous notion that nudity corrupts. But nude statues in Washington were covered up too because Ashcroft felt they were innaproprite and didn't want to be seen in photographs with nude women. Hmmmmmm, Dr. to make a diagnosis?

I mean, if this guy doesn't want a nude statue in his office, fine.........but I think that attitude speaks volumes about his emotional health if you ask me.

A Simple Solution Dec 11th. at 9:28:04 am EST

by Trickster (Pagan Paradise) - Email - Web

If the governor want's the statue out of his office, I'd be glad to take it off his hands.

Good Gods! Dec 11th. at 7:38:25 am EST

by Wild Witch (Michigan, USA) - Email

The next thing you know, they'll want to ban or cover up FLOWERS too, since they ARE a plants "naughty bits", existing solely for the purpose of SEXXX!!! Gee, how will they explain "that" to a third grader? (I can picture the Fundies now holding up signs, "Ban the flowers!", "Flowers are evil agents of Satan"! They would if they could, you know.)

When I was that age, I had been to museums many times already and you see things that are art, and all kids think is that it is either ugly or beautiful or sometimes just plain weird or stupid. I highly doubt some child will be scarred for life because of seeing a statue of a nude! This world is ridiculous...

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